NHL Game Summary - Carolina at New Jersey
(Saturday, February 14th)
Final Score: New Jersey 4, Carolina 1
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta each had a goal and an assist, as the New Jersey Devils halted a three-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes at Continental Airlines Arena.
Jeff Friesen and Mike Rupp also scored for New Jersey, which snapped a two- game skid on home ice. Martin Brodeur stopped 14 of the 15 shots he faced for the win.
Jeff O'Neill provided the scoring for the Hurricanes. Kevin Weekes was peppered with 26 shots and made 22 saves for Carolina, which is winless in its last six games (0-4-2).
"We were appalling from the time they dropped the puck to the time the buzzer finally blew and we were able to exit the ice," Carolina coach Peter Laviolette explained after the game.
"I'm talking about the effort that you put forth in the game and the preparation you put forth in the game," Laviolette added. "There was absolutely none. Zero."
New Jersey opened the scoring 8:56 into the first period on Gomez' sixth goal of the season. Gionta skated down the left side and fired a shot that Weekes turned aside. Patrik Elias skated into Weekes, and Gomez fired the loose puck past the out-of-position goaltender for a 1-0 lead.
The Devils made it a 2-0 contest with less than a minute to go in the first period on Gionta's 12th goal. A sliding Gomez dished the puck from the back boards to Gionta, whose wrist shot from the left circle sailed high over Weekes' right shoulder at the 19:28 mark.
"We had a good effort. We played hard," Gionta said after the game. "Hopefully we can do it again."
Weekes prevented a three-goal deficit by making a brilliant glove save on a breakaway by John Madden with about 12 minutes left in the second period.
Friesen made sure the Devils grabbed a 3-0 advantage when he beat Weekes stick side with 6:52 remaining in the period. Weekes made a terrific stop on a shot from the point, but was unable to stop Friesen's wrister in front.
"It's a different story when things go your way," Devils coach Pat Burns of New Jersey's previous slump.
Brodeur had his shutout bid ended when O'Neill beat him for his 11th goal at the 14:22 mark of the second period. Brodeur came out too far to clear the puck along the boards before O'Neill stole the disc and fired it into an open net for a 3-1 score.
The Devils completed the scoring on Rupp's goal with 7:18 remaining in the third period. Rupp deflected a shot in front past Weekes, ending a 23-game scoreless streak.
Friesen has five goals in his last 12 games...Gomez halted a 15-game goal- scoring drought...Elias had two assists...New Jersey went 1-for-2 on the power play and killed off Carolina's only chance with the extra skater...The Devils are 14-8-2 in the last 24 meetings with Carolina...NJ is 20-1-4 when leading after two periods this season...The Devils avoided their first four-game losing streak since November 2001...Hurricanes center Rod Brind'Amour missed the game with a strained left elbow. His status is day to day...Hurricanes forward Justin Williams will miss about six weeks after breaking his left wrist in Carolina's 3-3 tie with the Washington Capitals on Thursday.
02/14 15:42:03 ET